For reasons that are never made entirely clear, the 43-year-old actor Idris Elba ( The Wire, Luther, Beasts of No Nation) decided to take a year off and become a professional kickboxer. To this end he hired Luther co-star Warren Brown to train him, and thus begins a punishing regime of preparation with fighters in Japan and elsewhere on the long road to his big debut. After driving through the east London suburb of Canning Town where he was raised, there’s immediate bad news: two slipped discs result in surgery that costs him eight weeks of training. “His fame opens doors but also makes him a target,” someone points out, and in the early episodes of this six-part series (a sequel of sorts to his well-received extreme sports program No Limits), his natural charisma comes up He was the pointy-eared Vulcan who defined a TV generation in the original Star Trek, and in For the Love of Spock actor Leonard Nimoy’s son Adam paints a loving portrait of the Boston-born actor who became proudly defined by that iconic role. Nimoy appeared in a plethora of TV shows and some films in the 1950s and 60s. This led to work with producer Gene Roddenberry, who had him in mind while blocking out the hard-to-sell Star Trek and the calm, intelligent alien who became its focus. The program, which only ran three years, made Nimoy a star. His story is, as his most famous character intoned, “fascinating”. Kevin McCloud’s Top 10 Grand Designs Australia Thursday, April 27, 8.30pm, Lifestyle Season seven of this Australian TV institution kicks off with a greatest-hits package highlighting Finding Dory 10 homes from the past six seasons. Host and architect Peter Maddison and Grand Designs host Kevin McCloud meet over tea (and a touch of whisky) at the Homewood House in Surrey, England, to revisit six houses from Victoria, two from NSW and one each from South Australia and Queensland. Both are inspirational and cheerfully geeky on the subject of architecture, and these houses are a great prelude to next week’s new episode. You probably can’t afford them, but you can always dream. In their golden bloom of youth, Audrey Hepburn and Peter O’Toole riff delightfully off each other in veteran Hollywood director William Wyler’s widescreen 1966 Paris-set screwball comedy How to Steal a Million (Thursday, 8.35pm, Fox Classics). She’s the protective daughter of dizzy art forger Hugh Griffith (who steals the film tidily from them both); he’s the burglar with an agenda for the “art”. Great fun. Thirteen years in gestation and worth every day of it, Pixar’s muchanticipated Finding Nemo sequel brings the scattershot vocal delivery of Ellen DeGeneres front and centre in Finding Dory (Saturday, 6.30pm, Foxtel Movies Disney). The film became the second-biggest money-maker for the studio after Toy Story 3, and like that triumph has enough new and fresh characters to ensure another one. Plus, it’s very good. One of French icon Jean-Luc Godard’s rare stabs at what for him passes as a conventional narrative, the 1963 sortof-autobiographical French drama Contempt (Wednesday, 6.50pm, World Movies) stars Brigitte Bardot, Michel Piccoli, German director Fritz Lang and Jack Palance as a group of filmmakers trying to adapt Homer’s Odyssey to the screen but tripping over petty jealousies.
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